Gateway Area Business Association – GABA

Working Together, Growing Together – Since 1950


Photo courtesy of

Fred Sanchez, Colleen Gifford & the Keystone Kops!

The Gateway Area Business Association was started in 1950 as the Woodland Park Merchants, with 15 charter members. The purpose was to promote the area with services to the community.  One of the first activities was the organizing of a parade in 1951, with eager participation.

One of the highlights of the parade was the annual appearance of the Senior and Junior Rose Festival Courts.  The first Fun-O-Rama days were held in 1952, with a carnival used as a fund-raising event. The Gateway Keystone Cops were a west coast-side fun group, appearing in many local and regional events such as parades and other fun-type activities.



2015 General Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at noon at King’s Omelettes – 10711 NE Halsey St. Portland, OR 97220.
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2015 Board meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the months of January, March, May, July, September and November from 6 to 7 pm at

East Portland Neighborhood Office – 1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland, OR 97220


2014 Fun-O-Rama Photos



Congratulations 2009 Gateway Citizen of the Year Senator Jeff Merkley for your efforts in bringing veterinarian Stacey Addison back home to Oregon from East Timor. Please advise us at Gateway Area Business Association if you wish to share good news about Gateway’s previous Citizens of the Year. Please nominate a worthy person or group for Gateway’s 15th annual 2015 Citizen of the Year on form attached. Announcement will be made at GABA’s First Responder Tribute and Community Fair on September 10th, 2015. After 9-11, Gateway business leaders and residents felt a need to pay tribute to local First Responders. Join us for the 12th annual Tribute to honor Portland Police Officers, Multnomah County Sheriff Deputies, Portland Firefighters and EMTs. The public is invited to this free event, featuring patriotic flag and gun salute, talented entertainment,enjoyable commmunity fair, notable 2015 Citizen of the Year announcement and more.




Upcoming Events for 2015

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March 12

GABA General Meeting – noon – 1:00pm – King’s Omelettes – 10711 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220. Featured Speaker: Dr. Debra Derr

March 25

GABA Board Meeting – 6:00pm – 7:00pm – East Portland Neighborhood Office – 1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland, OR 97220